Bradford-born presenter on New Zealand’s X Factor gets the sack
Two judges on New Zealand’s X Factor show have been fired over ‘bullying’ comments made during a live show.
Bradford-born Natalia Kills and her husband, Willy Moon, were sacked by broadcaster TV3 after tearing in to contestant Joe Irvine during a live programme.
After Joe performed, Natalia said: “As an artist who respects artists’ integrity and intellectual property I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband.”
She also called him a “laughing stock” and said she was “embarrassed” to be sitting in his presence.
Joe replied with “Thank you Natalia you’re beautiful.”
But Natalia, who is best known for her 2013 single Saturday Night, came back for more and said he made her “sick” and said he had “no identity”.
MediaWorks, the owners of the show’s broadcaster TV3, confirmed it has sacked the pair.
Chief Executive of MediaWorks, Mark Weldon, said: “Both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable.
“While the judges on X Factor are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges.”
Two new judges will take over from next week.